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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
NZ Prime Minister Returns From Basra, Iraq
Global Peace & Justice Say Police Jumped To U.S. Embassy Pressure
NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:
A "Terrible Day" In Iraq – 20 US Soldiers Dead
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Stateside On The San Francisco Mayoral Race
Sustaining NZ With Stephen Knight: Cycle Action
Toni Solo Examines The US Trade Representative
Uri Avnery: Cancer In The Gaza Strip
Cartoon: Liza Minelli And The Shrub
William River's Pitt: Trusting Jesus?
UQ Wire: Kyle Hence Writes To The US Media
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Brash Announces Conservative Nat Front Bench
A Brash Prediction From Richard Prebble
Friday Night Adventures In Participatory Democracy
According To United Future - Ruth Is Back!
National Accused Of Abandoning Women And Children
Waitangi Tribunal Appointments Do Not Please Franks
Jailing Of Bush Destroyer Does Not Please Eckhoff
Poll Driven Speed Cameras Do Not Please Ryall
Eminent Persons Pacific Consultation Group Named
Fishing Levies Reduced
Golden Handshake For Teaching Boss Shows Hypocrisy
Yet More ACT Weekend Speechifying…
Mallard Not Up To Educational Crisis – Coddington

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00023.htm
PM Helen Clark In Afghanistan

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
NZ Prime Minister Returns From Basra, Iraq

- “The projects they are involved in, such as the provision of drinking water, the refurbishment of schools and repairs to bridges, are making a real difference in a city that has suffered from years of conflict.” See... PM visits NZ defence personnel in Iraq [1] ALSO: Statement From PM on Afghanistan [2] & Afghanistan Visit Images [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00021.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00022.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00023.htm


Global Peace & Justice Say Police Jumped To U.S. Embassy Pressure

- It appears clear to us that the American embassy has pressured the police – possibly via the Minister of Police or Minister of Foreign Affairs - to put pressure on New Zealand activists who have been so effective in mobilising public opposition in New Zealand against American foreign policy. See... Police Jump to American Embassy Pressure [1] FULL COVERAGE: - Scoop News - U.S. Offence Over Atrocity Claims Behind Arrest [2] and Peace Activist Arrested Over Email To U.S. Embassy [3] - Letters To The Editor - Scoop Readers Respond: Activist Email Arrest Disturbing [4] - Scoop Reader Writes To U.S. Embassy [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00001.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00262.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00255.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00003.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00002.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • New Zealand’s Anti-Terrorism Measures - Lecture [1]
  • New Waitangi Tribunal members [2]
  • Solidarity for Locked Out IHC Workers [3]
  • Circus performances & Guy Fawke's endanger lives [4]
  • SPCA: "Voice Of The Voiceless" Appeals For Help [5]
  • Expressions of interest for regional TV in Wgtn. [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0311/S00003.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00018.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00010.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00012.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00007.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0311/S00005.htm


    A "Terrible Day" In Iraq – 20 US Soldiers Dead

    - Fifteen U.S. soldiers were killed and 21 were wounded when a coalition helicopter went down near the city of Amiryah, Iraq, at about 9 a.m. local time today. This was the single deadliest attack on coalition forces since President Bush announced the end of major combat in Iraq. See... U.S. Forces Suffer Losses in Iraq, Afghanistan [1] MORE:Secretary Rumsfeld Interview on ABC This Week [2] and Rumsfeld Fox News Transcript Plus Stakeout Comment [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00013.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00012.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00014.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    EU

  • Euro Architect's Solution To Jump Start Economy [1]
  • World
  • RSF Second World Press Freedom Ranking [2]
  • Africa
  • Scheme to End the Trade in illegal diamonds [3]
  • Congo: Stop the cycle of economic violence [4]
  • Nigeria: Mass forced evictions in Lagos must stop [5]
  • United States
  • USA: Degrading treatment for women at State Prison [6]
  • Israel & Occupied Territories
  • A change in public opinion? Maybe. [7]
  • ISM Reports + BBC documentary [8]
  • URGENT: Nablus Closed to Emergency Medical Cases [9]
  • Asia Pacific
  • Information Vital For PNG [10]
  • Almost 30 Years On, A Quest Continues [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00010.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00009.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00008.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00006.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00007.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00005.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00004.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00003.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00002.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00001.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00005.htm
    PHOTO STORY: Campaign Against China's Bear Farming - Launched

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - A Westpac email scam warning, Brash deconstruction, GE onions and the intractable Palestinian/Israeli conflict, a fullsome blog from Russell Brown. See… Hard News 03/11/03 - The Westpac scam . See also... Public Address 03/11/03 - Scams And Stuff [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00013.htm


    Stateside On The San Francisco Mayoral Race

    - One thing I find really frustrating about TV news here, is that they're so lazy about putting things in a time context. See... Stateside: San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Forum [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00012.htm


    Sustaining NZ With Stephen Knight: Cycle Action

    - Promoting ‘soft’ transport options - cycling and walking - has become something of a pet project for central and local government. See... Sustainable New Zealand: Cycle Action [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00011.htm


    Toni Solo Examines The US Trade Representative

    - It takes one bizarre fiction to understand another. Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel ''Wise Blood'' is full of insight into its not so distant relation ''Free Trade''. See... Toni Solo: Robert Zoellick and "Wise Blood" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00010.htm


    Uri Avnery: Cancer In The Gaza Strip

    - In the Six-Day War, hundreds of Israeli soldiers were murdered while storming the Sinai desert, the West Bank and the Golan heights. In the Yom-Kippur War, more than 2000 Israeli soldiers were murdered in the defense of the conquered territories. See... Uri Avnery: The Cancer Cells [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00009.htm


    Cartoon: Liza Minelli And The Shrub

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: A Few Good WACs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00008.htm


    William River's Pitt: Trusting Jesus?

    - There was a large anti-war rally in Washington last week. The standard slogans were on display for all to see: Impeach Bush, Bring The Troops Home, No Blood For Oil. See... UQ Wire: The Revolution Was Not Televised [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00006.htm


    UQ Wire: Kyle Hence Writes To The US Media

    - Editorials and informative peices are vital to bring fruition to the issues swirling around the 9/11 investigation. And this showdown between the White House and the 9/11 Commission is surely worthy of attention. See... UQ Wire: White House Stonewalling 9/11 Documents [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00007.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - The divine resonance that is produced in each one of you who hears My Word is all Mine and no one, not even you, could add even the smallest vibration to this sentiment. See... Katya Rivas: Follow My Divine Love [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00005.htm



    IMAGE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00001.htm
    Matthew & Nikki: Culture Jammed On Sandringham Rd

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Brash Announces Conservative Nat Front Bench

    - In presenting the new portfolio allocations for National, I would like to emphasise the obvious: this is a lineup of responsibilities which is directly related to skills and to merit, and which is aimed to win the election in 18 months time. See… National Portfolio Responsibilities, November 2003 [1] ALSO: Brash’s Speech: Brash announces National portfolios [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00016.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00017.htm


    A Brash Prediction From Richard Prebble

    - New National Party leader Don Brash could be Prime Minister in 18 months, ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble said today. See... Brash PM in 18 Months - Prebble [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00005.htm


    Friday Night Adventures In Participatory Democracy

    - The National Party Caucus tonight re-elected John Carter as Senior Whip and Lindsay Tisch as Junior Whip unopposed. See... National re-elects Whips [1] and MP to take leave [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00013.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00012.htm


    According To United Future - Ruth Is Back!

    - United Future leader Peter Dunne, who weeks ago correctly picked that Rodney Hide would up the pressure on National by announcing a tilt at the Epsom seat at the next election, is now tipping Ruth Richardson to stand for ACT in Ilam. See... Dunne: Nats 'stunned mullets' as ACT moves in [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00025.htm


    National Accused Of Abandoning Women And Children

    - National Party Family spokesperson Judith Collins is rubbishing Green Party claims that National intends to 'dismiss issues' affecting women and children. See... Women and children focus for Family spokesperson [1] , A woman's place ... isn't with National [2] and Women and children don't count under National [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00028.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00024.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00014.htm


    Waitangi Tribunal Appointments Do Not Please Franks

    Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia's three new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal will help it decay into toothlessness ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Waitangi Tribunal Dying as Honest Broker [1] and New Waitangi Tribunal members [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00030.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00018.htm


    Jailing Of Bush Destroyer Does Not Please Eckhoff

    - Clearing private land for personal use and enjoyment can now attract a jail term of five months ranking it alongside sentences for serious crimes, ACT Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Crown Ignores Property Rights Sends Victim To Jail [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00009.htm


    Poll Driven Speed Cameras Do Not Please Ryall

    - Transport Minister Paul Swain is a ministerial puppet if he's going to rely on the Land Transport Safety Authority's latest poll results to justify his speed camera policy, says National's Police Spokesman Tony Ryall. See... Poll-driven speed camera policy won't work [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00029.htm


    Eminent Persons Pacific Consultation Group Named

    - An Eminent Persons Group of senior regional figures has been formed to undertake a comprehensive review of the Pacific Islands Forum and the issues confronting it, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Group named to review Pacific Forum issues [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00027.htm


    Fishing Levies Reduced

    - Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson has introduced legislation that will see $24.6 million returned to the New Zealand fishing industry through a reduction in future levies. See... Fisheries amending legislation introduced [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00020.htm


    Golden Handshake For Teaching Boss Shows Hypocrisy

    - ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington today slammed Labour's hypocrisy after it awarded former Teachers Council director Margaret Kouvelis a golden handshake following her secret resignation last month. See... Labour Says: Do As We Say, Not As We Do [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00019.htm


    Yet More ACT Weekend Speechifying…

    Ken Shirley… Judd Speech: Beyond The 'Tipping Point' [1] … Ken Shirley... Everybody Must Be Heard On Foreshore Debate [2] … Richard Prebble… Prebble Speech: "Labour's Law-making Machine" [3] and Speech: Rodney Hide To Contest Epsom [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00007.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00008.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00001.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00003.htm


    Mallard Not Up To Educational Crisis – Coddington

    Recent events show that Trevor Mallard is suffering from a crisis of mismanagement in education, ACT's education spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Education Minister Can't Cope [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00004.htm

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